How to Get an Unread Message Icon on Your Gmail Tab

Dave LeClair 07-04-2016

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Today, we’re going to talk about a cool option within Labs called Unread message icon. It will show you how many unread messages 5 Action Steps for Curing Your Inbox Zero Email Frenzy Inbox Zero is one of the most popular buzz words. To truly solve your email issues you need to go beyond Inbox Zero and address the underlying problems. Read More you have right in the favicon Your Favorite Icons: 14 Favicons That Stand Out From The Crowd Once you start noticing favicons, you realize how much they differ. Most are boring, predictable, and instantly forgettable. But some are good enough to stand out from the crowd. Read More of Gmail. It’s a small tweak, but it’s quite cool!


First, you’ll need to get access to Labs. To do so, click the Gear icon, then click Settings. From there, you’ll see all of different option tabs. Click the one labeled Labs (it’s the third to last option).  From there, scroll to the one labeled Unread message icon and click Enable. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes. 

Everything in Labs is considered experimental, but I’ve been using this feature for a quite a while and haven’t had any problems. Google says, “They may change, break or disappear at any time.”

This feature will work with Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.


Is this a feature you’ll be using? Got any other cool Gmail features to know about? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Dani Iriarte
    August 9, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Do you know any setting on this lab that shows the exact unread mails over 20, instead of '20+' , '30+', and so on ? THX